Top 14 Times Cheating Has Payed Off in Sports

“Valleys is bad and it never pays off,” it seems. Yes, but sometimes it leaves a small, non-disgusting tip on the corner of the table before you leave. There is cheating in all sports, in all aspects of life itself, and sometimes it works really well.

1. Diego Maradona v England

It’s hard to say Diego Maradona cheated that day. In general, we prefer to speak of divine intervention or magic of the moment. But in reality, as we know, El Pibe de oro has cheated his world by extending his hand against England. He certainly did it to prove to us that there can be beauty in the ignoble. But he did it anyway. His team, his personal legend, his country and the football world have benefited from this. The pinnacle of cheating that pays off.

2. LA Lakers vs. the Sacramento Kings

This is the story of the clay pot versus the iron pot. From the poor to the powerful. From the small town, its small market and its small players against the huge megalopolis, its hypermarket and its superstars. In 2002, when the Kings were on the brink of eliminating the Lakers from Kobe and Shaq, it was the NBA itself that intervened with the umpires to reverse the trend and ensure a large audience for the Finals. Expected by the players and the public, confirmed by certain umpires and observers, fraudulent arbitration is no longer really an issue. Except maybe among a few Lakers fans.

3. Lance Armstrong for the whole world

7 Tour de France, 1 World Championship, 72 pounds to say he was clean, 2 to apologise, 1 movie to save and nearly 150 million euros on the scale, Lance Armstrong is the story of an industrial cheat. Of course, he was bullied in the end, but he still managed to build his whole life on a lie. Intravenous kerosene, miles ahead and a few thousand yellow bracelets.

4. New England Patriots vs Indianapolis Colts

“Deflate”. It refers to the earthquake triggered by the deception revelations featured by the New England Patriots during the 2015 conference final. In question: Deflated balloons — 11 of 12 — that promote traction. Result: a landslide victory for Tom Brady’s team, a Superbowl qualifier and an NFL championship title a few days later. Ah yes, notice that in American football, each team attacks with its own balls.

5. Rafael Nadal v Stan Wawrinka

14 grand slams, 1 cowboy left and 17 lungs, Rafa Nadal was long believed to be an alien. In reality, it would just be a better cheat than the others. At least that’s what Wawrinka says. According to him, Rafa’s coach calls out a code for the important points to indicate to his foal how to hit the ball. The eyes and the legs. The brain and the arms. Problem, in tennis it is forbidden to communicate with your coach. And when asked why the referee does nothing, he answers: “Because it is Rafa”.

6. Ali Dia looks at his resume

In life there are 2 categories of people. The ones who don’t lie on their resume and those who get the job. English, Spanish, Italian: fluent. German, Chinese, Albanian: fluent. Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator: mastered. This is the basis of the lie. But there are also all the little fantasies that come with it. Those who make us say we love author movies and reading. Photography and human relations. Ali Dia has elevated the lie on CV to the rank of a work of art. Player of the English 8th Division, he calls Southampton and pretends to be George Weah. “My cousin is looking for a club, he is a very good player. He played here. He played there. Take it!” he said. Southampton doesn’t have a valid player anymore, so they’re taking him. 2 days later, he even plays 53 minutes in the Premier League after Le Tissier’s injury. Ali Dia and the 40 Mythos or by cheating you will only benefit.

7. Thomas Daley watches the flashes

In the final of the 10-meter diving of the London Olympics, Thomas Dailey, 18, asks to jump again. He was blinded by the flashes of cameras during his previous dish and uses a rule that has never been used at this level of competition. The referee gives him a second chance. He grabs it with the digger. A near-perfect jump and 15 more points on his score allow him to take an unexpected bronze medal. The caption says there was no camera in the pool that day.

8. Spain Handisport confronted with decency

In 2000, Spain won the best Paralympic Games in its history, finishing 3rd behind Australia and Great Britain with 107 medals. Only here many of their athletes would have simulated their handicap. Including 10 of the 12 players on the mentally retarded basketball team. Gold medal revoked and proven scandal for basketball players. For the others, the suspicions and the 106 medals remain.

9. Ben Johnson vs. Carl Lewis

At a slow trot, one deltoid after another and 10 yards ahead of the others, Ben Johnson crossed the finish line, raising his arm. 9.79. World record, Olympic gold and downcast look at Carl Lewis’s ganache in the background. He tries to understand lightning, but he doesn’t understand. The explanation, however, is simple: stanozolol – word counts triple and steroids – but for now Ben Johnson is jubilant. Not long, just time to bake. “But how delicious it was! he still says to himself.

10. Antonio Margarito v Shane Mosley

Dressing up his gloves in boxing, the ruse is as old as the world. But because the best vegetables are often made in old pots, Antonio Margarito used it to beat his opponents. Once, according to the police. Throughout his career according to the guys he beat up. Plaster under the leather, 38 wins, 27 knockouts and lots of dodges.

11. Dial Cramps

You lead in the score, there are 5 minutes left to play, you roll on the ground to gain some time. Every U-9 knows that. So easy that it’s no longer cheating, but common sense. Everybody does it. Everyone except the PSG players on the Catalan pitch. 3-1. 4-1. 5-1. 6-1. And not the start of a cramp. Sad to be so honest.

12. The Marathon Impostors

42km is too long and I’d be too lazy to run them too… but the prestige of leading a marathon has sometimes prompted certain athletes to try amazing tricks. Who hasn’t even said to themselves “just take the subway to win a marathon, everyone only sees fire”? Well, the pioneer of this is the runner Fred Lors who in 1904 during the Olympic marathon of St. Louis in the United States covered 17 km by car (not the subway, but just). We will discover his deception much later.

The same happened a few years later, in 1979 when American Rosie Ruiz took part in her first marathon in New York and after 30 minutes of running took the subway and finished in number 11 because of this emblematic race. A few months later, she decides to cheat again at the Boston Marathon, quietly waiting for the end of the race in a hotel room near the finish. Inevitably, she “beats” the world record and people are starting to get interested in going: that’s where the joke ends, she was caught and decided to stop running.

13. Too young but still champion

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China’s He Kexin was crowned Olympic team and solo champion on uneven bars. Except that a controversy explodes because doubts begin to arise about the age of the young Chinese (14 years instead of 16 years minimum). It is later discovered that He Kexin was indeed 14 years old, but his medals will not be taken from him. Why condemn a child prodigy at the same time?

14. Finally a cheat that didn’t work so well

Sylvester Carmouche’s race will enter the annals of deception. He was hailed by everyone for his win until we figured out what was going on.

It was during a race (a horse race I specify) at the Delta Downs racecourse in 1990, poor Sylvester Carmouche was dropped in the race and so he decided to just stop, leave a lap and take the lead in the race , not stupid . For a while no one saw anything, but with the videos everyone understood quickly. You can no longer use it for sports for 10 years, not such a good idea after all.